The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) is an incorporated society of members, represented by a Board of Governance.
NZDSN was formed in 2010 and is a network of not-for-profit organisations and some for-profit NGOs that provide support services to disabled people, mainly through contracts with government.
NZDSN takes a pan-disability perspective on the sector.
NZDSN is governed by a Board elected from the wider membership and is serviced by a full-time Chief Executive and a small, mainly part-time support team.
Peter joined NZDSN in August 2021 after 11 years leading the largest provider membership group in early childhood education in NZ. Prior to that, Peter spent nearly 20 years in public health management, much of this in the health and disability space. He is passionate about bringing value to members and reflecting their views to those who influence the way disability support services are designed and delivered. Peter is married to Margaret, a retired registered nurse. They have an adult daughter, Kristen, who is studying website and graphic design.
To contact Peter directly,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
call/text 027 534 6472
Divya joined NZDSN in March 2023 after 3 years of Administrative and Financial Accounting experience. She completed her Certificate in Business and Administration in 2018. She is passionate about having a positive impact on people struggling with Health and Disability challenges. Divya is also very committed in her church at Light of All Nations Wellington where she is ordained as a Deacon and serves on the leadership team. She has a six year-old daughter Shayna who keeps her busy during the weekends with her Jazz dance classes and Gymnastics.
To contact Divya directly, e-mail email@example.com or
call 04 473 4678 or call/text 027 534 6471
Regional Co-ordinator – Auckland
Kristi Shaw has a Masters of Applied Practice (Community Development & Mental Health), a PGDip Counselling (Narrative Therapy) and is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator (developing collaboration for cohesive action and a collective voice). She has spent 25 years in NZ building stronger connected communities through her experience in management (recreation and environment centres), community development (disability, youth, families, seniors, migrants) and counselling (narrative therapy). Kristi is passionate about using a community development approach in Auckland to resource and strengthen the valuable mahi that Disability Support and Employment Support Providers offer to disabled and impaired people and their whanau, enabling good lives in connected communities.
To contact Kristi directly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 027 293 6505
Richard Irvine is an experienced communications professional, working independently with a number of member organisations, after roles with Fonterra, New Zealand Cricket and Spark. He’s proud to work with NZDSN after experiencing the difference quality support makes through a close family member. Richard lives on Auckland’s North Shore with his partner and two high school age children.
To contact Richard directly, e-mail email@example.com
From our Constitution, our Purpose is to promote, encourage, support and represent members in regard to the provision of high quality equitable disability services and support for disabled people and families throughout New Zealand to enable good lives.
Our Vision for the future is an inclusive New Zealand where all disabled people are valued, their human rights are promoted and protected, and they are enabled to maximise their potential as citizens.
Our Values are:
- We are committed to work in a manner that upholds the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles
- We are committed to the UNCRPD and its principles
- We are committed to the principle of mana Motuhake (self-determination) of disabled people
- Being a strong advocate for our members and the sector
- Where needed and appropriate, we will agitate to ensure the voice of our members is heard and seek to make a strong impact to ensure our member’s issues are addressed
- We are transparent in all that we do
- We are responsive to the needs of our members and timely in offering advice and support
- We desire a strong partnership with our members, with others in the disability sector and with those who design and implement policy and service purchasing and funding frameworks
- We are committed to unifying our sector so that every disabled person feels they are consistently enabled to enjoy a good life.
Board Member/ FRAC Sub-Committee Chair
Board Deputy- Chair
Board Member/ Tui Tuia Committee Chair
To contact any of the NZDSN Board, please contact our CEO, Peter Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 027 534 6472
Finance Risk & Audit Sub Committee
|Richard Williams – Sub Committee Chair
To contact any of the NZDSN Finance, Risk & Audit Sub-Committee members, please contact our CEO, Peter Reynolds at email@example.com or call/text 027 534 6472
Tui Tuia Sub Committee
|Colene Herbert – Tui Tuia Sub Committee Chair
To contact any of the NZDSN Tui Tuia Sub-Committee, please contact our CEO, Peter Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 027 534 6472